Darkseid, DC’s supervillain created by comic book artist Jack Kirby, will be featured in the upcoming Warner Bros. film The New Gods, according to Deadline. While the announcement of this film is surrounded by buzz and excitement from fans, there is anticipation that Darkseid’s similarity to Marvel’s Thanos may be a strong focal point for viewers.
Dubbed the “Thanos problem,” it is possible to draw close comparisons between both of the villains. They both have a goal of killing all life. They have colored skin that tend toward the blue/purple end of the color spectrum. Thanos uses the Infinity Gauntlet as his power source and Darkseid possesses the Omega Beams, using them to wield his power. Both of them also share the fact that their children have vowed to kill them.
When considering the resemblance between Darkseid and Thanos, one can go back to the comics to understand their origins and the order in which they were created. It may seen that Darkseid is a direct copy of Thanos, yet Thanos was created by artist Jim Starlin after Darkseid appeared in the comics. This detail may be overshadowed by the fact that Thanos’s presence has been more active in the public eye recently compared to Darkseid. It will be interesting to see if there will be changes to Darkseid’s character in order to avoid any comparisons or if they will remain faithful to the original comics.